MILWAUKEE -- With Carlos Zambrano pitching for the Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee's Chris Capuano knew he had to be at his best.
The Brewers' left-hander was up for the challenge Tuesday night, pitching seven solid innings to help Milwaukee beat Chicago 4-1 for its fifth consecutive victory.
"I'm certainly aware of who's pitching, but my approach to pitching doesn't change at all," Capuano said. "My goal is to hold them to the minimum number of runs possible.
"Zambrano is a good pitcher, but I try to do the same thing no matter who I'm pitching against."
Capuano gave up one run on five hits while striking out six and walking none in his longest start of the season. It was his second consecutive victory, only the second time in his 32 major league starts that he has won two straight.
Zambrano (2-1) extended his scoreless streak against Milwaukee to 12 1/3 innings before the Brewers scored three times in the sixth to send the Cubs to their third straight loss.
"He did throw the ball well, but Capuano pitched better," Chicago manager Dusty Baker said.
Ricky Bottalico pitched the eighth for Milwaukee, and Derrick Turnbow worked the ninth for his fourth save in four chances since becoming the team's closer on April 24.
"He's running with it," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said of Turnbow. "You give a kid like that an opportunity and for him to grab it and run, it's fun to see that."
Chicago scored its only run in the third on Henry Blanco's first home run of the year. The Cubs didn't get a runner past first after the third, and managed only one hit in the final six innings.
In the decisive sixth inning, Brady Clark led off with a single and moved to third on Bill Hall's ground-rule double. Geoff Jenkins followed with a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Clark to tie it at 1.
Carlos Lee then hit a hard liner down the left-field line that got past third baseman Aramis Ramirez for his second double of the game, scoring Hall. Lyle Overbay was intentionally walked and Damian Miller doubled, scoring Lee to make it 3-1.
"We've gotten on a little bit of a roll, and we've done it with pitching and with great defense," Yost said. "Now, we're starting to swing the bats and get some big hits when we've needed it."
In the eighth, Hall tripled, his third hit of the game, and scored on Overbay's double to finish the scoring.
Overbay's double extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Zambrano, who threw 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over Milwaukee on April 9, pitched seven innings. He gave up three runs on seven hits and four walks (two intentional) while striking out a season-high 10.
|Players of the Game|
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|Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B-CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.265|
|Corey Patterson, CF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Ronny Cedeno, SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.228|
|Derrek Lee, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.409|
|Jeromy Burnitz, RF||4||0||1||0||0||2||1||.302|
|Jason Dubois, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.310|
|Neifi Perez, SS-2B||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.351|
|Henry Blanco, C||3||1||1||1||0||0||0||.100|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.375|
|a- Ben Grieve, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Roberto Novoa, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Zambrano in the 8th|
|HR - Henry Blanco (1, Capuano)|
|RBI - Henry Blanco (1)|
|CS - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3, 3rd base by Capuano/D. Miller)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Outfield Assists - Jeromy Burnitz 2|
|DP - Cedeno-Perez-Lee|
|Carlos Zambrano (L,2-1)||7||7||3||3||4||10||0||4.23|
|IBB - Overbay by Carlos Zambrano, by Overbay|
|Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 96-62, Roberto Novoa 21-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 4-3, Roberto Novoa 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, Roberto Novoa 5|
|Brady Clark, CF||3||1||1||0||1||0||1||.317|
|Bill Hall, 2B||4||2||3||0||0||1||1||.318|
|Geoff Jenkins, RF||2||0||0||1||1||2||2||.247|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.225|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||2||0||1||1||2||1||0||.359|
|Damian Miller, C||4||0||1||1||0||2||3||.316|
|Russell Branyan, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.294|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.141|
|Chris Capuano, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.100|
|a- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.143|
|Ricky Bottalico, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Capuano in the 7th|
|2B - Bill Hall (3, Zambrano), Carlos Lee 2 (7, Zambrano, Zambrano), Lyle Overbay (8, Novoa), Damian Miller (6, Zambrano)|
|3B - Bill Hall (1, Novoa)|
|SF - Geoff Jenkins (1)|
|RBI - Geoff Jenkins (9), Carlos Lee (16), Lyle Overbay (17), Damian Miller (7)|
|2-OUT RBI - Lyle Overbay (14)|
|CS - Brady Clark (5, 2nd base by Zambrano/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|E - Bill Hall (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Chris Capuano (W,2-2)||7||5||1||1||0||6||1||4.08|
|Ricky Bottalico (H,3)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Derrick Turnbow (S,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||1.46|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 95-62, Ricky Bottalico 15-10, Derrick Turnbow 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 8-7, Ricky Bottalico 3-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 26, Ricky Bottalico 3, Derrick Turnbow 3|
|Attendance - 27079|
|Game Time - 2:18|
|Temperature - 63|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Bob Davidson, Second Base - Rob Drake, Third Base - Mike Reilly|